Improvements to flow for Wallsend
Newcastle City Council has a broad program of work in store for Wallsend over the next year, with planning underway to make public domain improvements and mitigate flooding while upgrades are carried out on Upper Reserve and Pioneer Hall.
Consultants are commencing preparation of a public domain plan for the area of Wallsend bounded by Federal park and Cowper, Bunn, and Low streets.
"The public domain plan will consider infrastructure, such as parks, paths and roads, and plan future improvements," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
"This could include the provision of new and upgraded footpaths, street furniture and trees and traffic-calming measures to make Wallsend a better place to live, work and visit."
A community workshop on the public domain plan will be held at the Wallsend Local Centre in late October 2016.
Further flood risk mitigation projects are high on Council's agenda for Wallsend following the success of a flash flood alert system.
To date 950 residents have signed up to receive advanced warning of potential flood waters via email, text and phone calls.
"We will continue this as a free service," Councillor Nelmes said, "while actively seeking to address flooding issues through a tender process calling for concept designs of bridges to replace the old structures on Tyrrell, Nelson and Boscawen streets.
"The tenders are open until 23 August and a contract is expected to be awarded by mid-November, with draft drawings followed by final concepts in the first quarter of 2017."
"We will continue to talk with adjacent landowners and the local community to ensure the final outcome improves the flow of Ironbark Creek and minimises the impact of the flooding that occurred when it overflowed during last year's April super storm.
Council has also built a flood simulation model to help raise more awareness of flooding issues.
The educational device, which uses moving water to demonstrate flows under certain environmental conditions and convey flood risks, will be setup at the Wallsend Winter Fair this Sunday.
Other work being carried out by Council in Wallsend this year includes:
Around $500,000 has been set aside to upgrade touch football facilities at Upper Reserve. The ground's floodlighting will be updated with more energy-efficient globes and the clubhouse will be renovated to make it more suited to the needs of the touch association.
When the work is finished, the amenity building will provide two change rooms for teams and another to cater for up to 10 referees during competition rounds.
"Council will work with the Wallsend Touch Association to provide a significant improvement to the current lights," Councillor Nelmes said. "We will use an energy-efficient LED system to cut emissions and provide increased light for competition games."
CityServe volunteers will soon perform general maintenance work at Upper Reserve and at other Wallsend Parks.
A yearlong trial of a joint pedestrian-cycle crossing is underway at Victory Parade after its construction in June. The novel crossing enables cyclists from Elermore Vale to access the Wallsend to Newcastle City cycleway at Jesmond Park via the recently constructed pathway through Wallsend Brickworks Park. Right of way for cyclists on the cycle-only crossing is indicated by signage and line markings.
"The cycle crossing is the first of its type installed in the Hunter Region," the Lord Mayor said. "It is being trialled to determine its safety and possible application in other locations."
Pioneer Hall in Cowper Street Wallsend will also get a makeover in the next 12 months. Council will install air conditioning, new windows and insulation that will make it a quieter venue inside.
Iron Bark Creek
Council will continue with creek bed and bank stabilisation work along Ironbark Creek, between Cardiff and Croudace Road, Elermore Vale.